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Cal Poly Falls to CSUN in Big West Tournament Semifinals, 73-50

Cal Poly Falls to CSUN in Big West Tournament Semifinals, 73-50

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Four Matadors scored in double-figures on Friday night as CSUN ousted the Cal Poly women's basketball team from the Big West Conference Tournament in the semifinals, 73-50 at the Honda Center.

CSUN (18-15), the bracket's fifth seed, came into Anaheim off a pair of wins in the first round and quarterfinals at Cal State Fullerton earlier in the week. The Matadors shot an even 50 percent (25-for-50) overall while advancing to face top-seeded UC Davis in the title game at 4 p.m. Saturday on FOX Sports Prime Ticket.

The Matadors scored the game's first five points, before back-to-back layups from seniors Lynn and Dynn Leaupepe, and then a jumper by Dynn, helped the No. 2-seeded Mustangs narrow the deficit to 8-6 four minutes after the opening tip. Northridge answered with a 12-0 run, however, for a 20-6 lead, ultimately closing the first quarter ahead 24-9.

Cal Poly entered the tournament owning five comeback wins rallying by 10 or more points on the season, but couldn't complete a sixth double-digit comeback victory, as CSUN stretched its lead to 20 by the end of the second quarter, heading to halftime up 36-16.

A hook shot by junior center Channon Fluker with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter gave the Matadors the largest lead of the game at 50-20, on the way to a 56-30 margin at the end of the period.

The Mustangs pulled as close as 71-50 late in the fourth, led by a 16-1 points-off-turnovers advantage during the final quarter.

Fluker, selected as the Big West Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for Northridge, while Tessa Boagni had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Hayley Tanabe added 11 points, and Destiny Brooks 10.

Lynn Leaupepe had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Mustangs, while Dynn added 12 points, six boards and seven steals.

Cal Poly (17-12), which will graduate a class of seven seniors who led the squad to a second-place regular-season finish in the conference at 11-5, could find itself in the WNIT should UC Davis (25-5) win Saturday's final. The WNIT field will be announced following the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday evening.

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David E. Holmes